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SmartSweets Named Whole Foods Rookie Of The Year Supplier


Last updated on April 15th, 2019 at 04:16 pm

SmartSweets has been named Rookie of the Year in Whole Foods Market’s annual Supplier Awards.

Whole Foods Market announced the winners of its seventh annual Supplier Awards, which honor suppliers that embody the company’s mission and values through their commitment to quality, environmental stewardship, organic integrity, innovation and partnership.

The winners were named at a reception held in Austin, Texas, on April 10.

“We’re proud to recognize these suppliers who offer outstanding products aligned with our mission, values and the high-quality standards that we’ve championed for nearly 40 years,” A.C. Gallo, president and chief merchandising officer at Whole Foods Market, said. “This year’s honorees were selected from thousands of brands and represent the best-in-class in sourcing, industry-leading innovation and win-win partnership.”

SmartSweets was awarded rookie of the year for reinventing the classic gummy bear and disrupting the candy category. In about one year, SmartSweets catapulted from a small, Canadian start-up to one of the true growth engines of the candy category at Whole Foods Market. Free from added sugar, sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners, SmartSweets gummy bears allow customers to feel good about eating candy.

A total of 30 awards were distributed this year, with recipients including local, regional and national brands across perishable and non-perishable product categories. Whole Foods Market named two global suppliers and 11 regional partners as “Supplier of the Year” and recognized a variety of others for outstanding achievements in various categories that reflect Whole Foods Market’s core values. The honorees were selected by Whole Foods Market category experts and buyers who work closely with our suppliers every day.

Other suppliers honored by Whole Foods:

Global Supplier of the Year & Environmental Stewardship
Wild Planet Foods

Global Supplier of the Year & Purpose Driven Empowerment
Luke’s Lobster

Global Awards
Special Recognition
Vive Organic
Raising the Bar for Quality
Forever Cheese
Thompson Farms

Outstanding Innovation
OSI Industries LLC

Organic Commitment
Nature’s Path
Awe Sum Organics
Purpose Driven Empowerment

Rookie of the Year
Bonnie’s Jams
Alpine Fresh Inc.

Environmental Stewardship
Tsar Nicoulai Caviar

Service & Partnership
4 x 400 Consulting
Inno-Pak, LLC

Local & Regional Suppliers of the Year
Florida Region
Aramouni International, Inc. & Nature’s Healthy Gourmet, Inc. (Port St. Lucie, FL)
Mid-Atlantic Region
Inspire Pure Botanicals (Philadelphia, PA)
Midwest Region
FILLO’S Americas Made (Geneva, IL)
North Atlantic Region
UTEC, Inc. (Lowell, MA)
Northern California Region
Humphry Slocombe (San Francisco, CA)
Northeast Region
Crown Finish Caves (Brooklyn, NY)
Pacific Northwest Region
Woodlot (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Rocky Mountain Region
SoulRise Tribe (Salt Lake City, UT)
South Region
La Farm Bakery (Cary, NC)
South Pacific Region
Pensieve Foods LLC (Los Angeles, CA)
Southwest Region
Val Verde Vegetable Co., Inc. (McAllen, TX)


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